Skopje, April 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
The head of NDI (National Democratic Institute) Office in Skopje, Chris Henshaw has expressed his regret that the largest political party in the country, VMRO-DPMNE has not been part of the election political debate.
“It’s a shame that one of the biggest political parties was not part of the debate. Democracy practices show that political parties in Europe want to be part of the debates. They want to be present everywhere where parties talk about their policies so that the people hear them”, declared Heshaw.
NDI has hosted a number of different debates between political parties, but VMRO-DPMNE of prime minister Nikola Gruevski has not participated in any of them.
This also marked the failure of the debate scheduled between presidential nominees George Ivanov from VMRO-DPMNE and Stevo Pendarovski from the Macedonian opposition.
The head of NDI office in Skopje has stressed that he doesn’t know why VMRO-DPMNE didn’t participate in the debate and according to him, the Institute’s debate must be an inspiration of democracy and debate.
“Recently, we had a very good experience in Serbia with electoral debates and these debates saw the participation of all political parties”, said Mr. Henshaw. /ibna/